Subaru has built a following of people who are both pragmatic and adventurous which is why Outback is a perfect example of that. Outback station wagon is a symbol of the culture through its inherent toughness. It has a complete redesign which doesn’t alter the essence of the model The 2020 Outback will continue to provide the same all-wheel drive system with a cozy interior as well as plenty of space for cargo. There are a variety of four-cylinder engines are available, but they’re not particularly remarkable. The Subaru wagon is also equipped with a large ground clearance as well as a useful towing capacity. Every model is equipped with a range of driver assistance features and the majority come with a large touchscreen packed with current information. For instance, the 2020 Outback stands out as the finest illustration of what is what makes Subaru distinct.
What’s New for 2020?
The brand new 2020 Outback marks the sixth generation of the well-known station wagon. While Subaru has taken a more evolutionary approach instead of a groundbreaking one, the final product is a delight for fans of the brand. The most current Outback retains its rugged exterior and improves the cabin by incorporating advanced technology and better quality. Turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engine (denoted as an XT in the trim levels) is now available alongside the standard engine. The turbo engine can allow the Outback to pull 3500 pounds which is about 800 more than it was before. Subaru has also increased the back seat space of the vehicle as well as the volume of cargo it can carry.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We believe that the Premium model is the best combination of standard and optional features for the cost. It’s available only in the 182-hp standard four-cylinder engine, changing to the turbocharged engine with 260 horsepower is at minimum $6000. We’re not convinced that the turbo’s increased acceleration or 800 pounds of additional towing capacity is worth the cost. Instead Outback Premium Outback Premium comes standard with an 11.6-inch touchscreen and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and heated front seats. an adjustable driver’s seat as well as additional USB ports, as well as other features which aren’t available on the basic version. We’d recommend opting for the less expensive package that includes blind-spot tracking and a hands-free liftgate as well as passive entry using the push-button start.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Outback range features two flat-four-cylinder engines. A 182-hp 2.5-liter is standard, and an 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter is available. Both of them are connected with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which resembles an eight-speed gearbox, which helps to eliminate the annoying engine noise. Of of course every Outbacks come with the standard all-wheel drive that is an iconic Subaru standard (except on the rear drive BRZ sports coupe). The standard engine provides a basic motivation, however the Outback that we tried had average acceleration and unresponsive transmission. Although the turbocharged version was significantly faster however, it was plagued with the same unresponsive transmission. But, many Outback drivers are concerned about performance and off-road ability. The Outback has 8.7 inches of clearance and reliable all-wheel drive system, the wagon can handle rough conditions and even on rutted roads. In addition, its suspension offers the most comfortable ride as well as its handling is precise and manageable when driving. However, neither version of the Outback does not have any athleticism that could be a surprise to WRX enthusiasts who are upgrading into the practical version of the wagon. The Outback’s standard engine can tow 2700 pounds and the turbocharged version is able to draw 3500 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the standard 2020 Outback will earn 26 mpg in city driving and 33 on highway. Turbocharged models see an impressive drop in efficiency and ratings of 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Contrastingly the Legacy model has more efficient powertrains. The base engine is predicted to achieve 27/35 mpg highway/city and the turbocharged variant is estimated at 24/32 mpg for city/highway. We tried an Outback with both engines on our 200-mile highway fuel-efficiency route and delivered the same 28 mpg. The car equipped with the turbocharged four-cylinder clocked 34 mpg during the same test.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Outback shares their interiors with Legacy The two models have luxurious materials and comfortable seats. Although Subaru’s cabin design is a bit boring, it’s also functional and features a seat height. Apart from being the basic model each Outback features dual-zone climate control and heated front seats. an adjustable driver’s seat as well as a plethora of USB ports. The more luxurious features like a heated steering wheel front seats that are ventilated and a front-passenger power-adjustable seat as well as the heated back seats are offered in higher trim levels. The Outback also features a large back seat which provides an additional 1.4 inches of legroom, compared to the earlier generation. The cargo area in the rear offers the equivalent of 33 cubic feet storage In our tests it was able to hold 11 suitcases for carry-on that had the seat up , and 23 bags when folded flat. The Legacy accommodated the bags of eight and 22 and 22 suitcases, respectively, during the same tests.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Base Outbacks have two stackable 7.0-inch touchscreens, however the other models feature the massive 11.6-inch horizontally-oriented touchscreen. Alongside large touchscreens with quick responses, the huge screen features an rotary volume and tuning knob, as well as several physical buttons to adjust the temperature that make them more user-friendly to operate. With built-in navigation, a WiFi hotspot and wireless charging for devices are not required as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is included as standard. Customers who purchase the highest-end Limited and Touring trims have a 12-speaker, 576-watt Harman/Kardon stereo system.